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In the late 1980s, friction between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact leads to hostilities, and the shadow of nuclear war looms over America. Meanwhile, the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, go about their normal routines – Dr Russell Oakes (Jason Robards) is busy at the hospital, farmer Jim Dahlberg (John Cullum) prepares for his daughter’s wedding, and student Stephen Klein (Steve Guttenberg) is deep in his studies. But when the bombs drop, nothing can prepare them for the devastation and horror of nuclear winter…
Nicholas Meyer, USA 1983, 12, 127mins
“Who should watch it? Everyone should watch it. Who will be able to forget it? No one will be able to forget it”
–The Washington Post
The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Daniel Cordle, Reader in English and American Literature at Nottingham Trent University, who will discuss the upsurge in nuclear anxieties in the 1980s that produced the film and outline its contribution to the genre of post-nuclear fiction and film.